Draft: Pittsburgh 1997 (3-71-3)
Acquired: 7/2/08, signed as a free agent
First NHL Game: October 10, 2000 in a 3-1 Piitsburgh win at Nashville
First NHL Point: October 27, 2000 in a 4-1 Pittsburgh win at New York Rangers (assist)
First NHL Goal: January 27, 2004 in a 6-2 Pittsburgh loss vs. Tampa Bay
Most Goals, Game: 1-7x (Last: 10/5/06; 4-0 PIT W vs. PHI)
Most Assists, Game: 2 (2/16/07; 5-4 PIT W @ NJ)
Most Points, Game: 2 (2/16/07; 5-4 PIT W @ NJ)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 9 (10/18/01; 3-0 PIT W @ OTT)
Josef and his wife, Lucie, have two sons, Joe and Jakub and spend their summers in Ceske Budejovic in the Czech Republic... They have a dog named Mailo... Josef’s first youth team was in Ceske Budejovice... His father, Josef, played second-division professional hockey in the Czech Republic, also as a defenseman... His favorite teams growing up were Pittsburgh and his hometown team, Ceske Budejovice, and the player he most emulated was Raymond Bourque... The most played artist on Josef’s iPod is Madonna... His favorite vacation spots are Croatia and Florida, favorite book is Lance Armstrong’s It’s Not About the Bike and favorite meals include chicken, spaghetti and the tradional Czech meal of pork, cabbage and dumplings... Josef’s biggest talent outside of hockey is tennis... He enjoys watching European Cup soccer and cites Ronaldo and Roger Federer as two of his favorite athletes... He would love the chance to go to the White House and meet the President... He wears number 22 because he used to wear number 2 with Pittsburgh and it was unavailable in Carolina... His most memorable goal was his first NHL goal against Tampa Bay because he felt like he was “waiting over a hundred years for that”... His all-time favorite teammate not with the Hurricanes is Sidney Crosby... Josef enjoys working around his house during the off-season and is a trained electrician... His favorite road city is Vancouver, his favorite arena is the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and his favorite team to play against is Detroit.
Spent the majority of the season with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League (SEL)... Earned eight assists and ranked third on the team in penalty minutes with 74... Played in 50 of Linkoping’s 55 regular-season games... Netted one goal and tallied one assist (2 points) while totaling 39 penalty minutes in 16 playoff games... Linkoping advanced to the Elitserien finals prior to falling to HV-71.... Also played six games with Ceske-Budejovice of the Czech League, his hometown team... Totaled four penalty minutes with Ceske-Budejovice.
Completed six NHL seasons, all with Pittsburgh, prior to the 2008-09 season... Totaled seven goals and earned 33 assists (40 points) in 310 career NHL regular-season games, averaging 17:50 of ice time per game
1996-97: Scored three goals and earned two assists (5 points) in 41 games with Ceske-Budejovice in the Czech Junior League
1997-98: Completed his first season of hockey in North America, recording 33 points (9g, 24a) in 67 games with Tri-City of the Western Hockey League (WHL)... Ranked second among Tri-City skaters in penalty minutes with 154
1998-99: Ranked third among Tri-City Americans defensemen in scoring with 36 points (8g, 28a) in 65 games... Scored one goal in 11 playoff games
1999-00: Completed his first professional season, playing in 80 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL)... Ranked fifth among Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensemen in scoring with 12 points (3g, 9a)
2000-01: Began the season with Pittsburgh, making his NHL debut vs. NSH (10/8) in Japan... Earned his first NHL point with an assist at NYR (10/27)... Played in 18 total NHL games with Pittsburgh for the season, earning two assists and totaling 21 penalty minutes... Also played 46 games on the AHL level for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, earning seven points (2g, 5a)... Totaled five assists in 21 playoff games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as the Penguins advanced to the Calder Cup Finals before falling to the Saint John Flames
2001-02: Spent the entire season in the NHL, totaling three assists and 68 penalty minutes in 60 games played for the Penguins
2003-03: Appeared in eight games with Pittsburgh, totaling two penalty minutes... Missed 74 games with a shoulder injury, including the final 65 games of the season from 11/20-4/5
2003-04: Was one of four Penguins to play in all 82 games during the regular season... Earned eight points (3g, 5a) and tallied 62 penalty minutes... Netted his first NHL goal vs. TB (1/27), beating John Grahame
2004-05: Played in 13 regular-season games with Sparta Praha of the Czech League, recording four assists and eight penalty minutes... Was scoreless in five playoff games, totaling six penalty minutes...
2005-06: Completed his fifth NHL season, earning career highs in assists (12) and points (15) and matching his career high in goals (3)... His 15 points surpassed the total for his entire career (13 points) prior to the 2005-06 season... Was plus or even in 51 of his 72 games played... Matched his career high with his third goal of the season and was (+3) vs. NYI (4/17)... Netted his second goal of the season vs. TB (3/7)... Scored his first goal of the season and was (+1) at NSH (1/15)... Played his 200th NHL game at ATL (1/6)
2006-07: Reached double-digits in points for the second consecutive season, tallying 12 points (1g, 11a) in 70 games played in his sixth NHL season... It was the second-highest point total of his NHL career, behind only the mark he set during the 2005-06 season (15 points)... Totaled 44 penalty minutes for the season... Played in his 300th NHL game vs. OTT (3/18)... Blocked a season-high eight shots at OTT (3/6)... Earned two assists at NJ (2/16), his only multi-point game of the season... Suffered a knee injury vs. FLA (1/10) and missed 12 games before returning to the lineup at TOR (2/10)... Skated a season-high 27:23 at WSH (12/11)... Scored his seventh career goal and was (+3) vs. PHI (10/5).